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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe     Goethe     Johann Goethe
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Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

Kindness Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

Language Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

Magic Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

Manners Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance. [Ger., Was man in der Jugend wunscht, hat man im Alter die Fulle.]

Wishes Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to part II)

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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. [Ger., Wissenschaft und Kunst gehoren der Welt an, und vor ihhen verschwinden die Schranken der Nationalitat.]

Science Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: In a conversation with a German historian

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It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Enjoyment Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Hatred Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Literature Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Knowledge Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking

Knowledge Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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For the nature of women is closely allied to art

Nature Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The deed is everything, the glory is naught.

Deed Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Then indecision brings its own delays,And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Fashion Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

Goals Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everyone hears only what he understands.

Hearing Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

Honesty Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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For to give is the business of the rich. [Lat., Denn Geben ist Sache des Reichen.]

Gifts Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hermann und Dorothea (I, 15)

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When I err every one can see it, but not when I lie. [Ger., Wenn ich irre kann es jeder bemerken; wenn ich luge, nicht.]

Lying Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche in Prosa (III)

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The coward only threatens when he is safe. [Ger., Der Fiege droht nur, wo er sicher ist.]

Cowards Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 207)

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The society of women is the element of good manners.

Manners Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.

Poetry Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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